Fans of WHBM may know our head designer, Danielle Konotop – official title VP of Design for White House Black Market. But for those of you who are new to the brand she’s more than a designer, she’s a creative powerhouse. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil she earned a degree in visual communications and fine arts, then started her own business creating boutique collections in Bali, Indonesia.
After moving to the US she studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Following graduations, Danielle spent more than 15 years in the denim industry in LA as a head designer, creating collections, launching brands and start-ups where she established her profound expertise.
This is the first of a monthly series for you to learn more about Danielle, her inspiration and influences, as well as her personal picks.
Danielle’s Must-Have Pieces for October
“To me, October is about a complete fall look, rather than just individual pieces,” explains Danielle. “The most comfortable jeans (Jeannie) tucked into a killer boot. An essential turtleneck under our show-stopping sweater coat/jacket. It’s a coat worn as a second layer because its so fabulous that you’ll never want to take it off…“
THE SWEATER COAT
The sweater coat is the perfect transitional layer for fall days when there’s a chill in the air, but it’s not yet the frigid temps of winter. Knit sweater coats offer up a stylish alternative to traditional jackets. Our Braided Plaid version features stunning novelty stitching in fall’s must have color combo of port and ecru, woven into a classic plaid pattern. The collar folds, and there are snaps on the pockets to keep your phone and keys (and yes, a lipstick) safe. The self-belt allows you to cinch your waist to keep out drafts (or accentuate your waist) or wear it open for a more casual, fluid look.
Introducing the Jeanie, a mix of your favorite denim jeans with all the benefits of leggings. Made from an adaptable stretch fabric to smooth curves, enhance fit, optimize comfort, and contour your body from hip to hem. What’s revolutionary is how the Jeanie expands two sizes for a size inclusive fit, so if you gain or lose weight (and who doesn’t) then one pair is all you need. But trust us, you’ll want more than one. This legging has all the classic elements of jeans; faux front pockets, functional coin and back pockets, belt loops, front zipper and button closure. There is no outside seam which provides a streamlined look.
THE ESSENTIAL TURTLENECK
Women who have bought our best-selling Long Sleeve Ribbed Turtleneck have described it as, “extremely flattering”, “beautiful and warm”, “most comfy turtleneck”, to one shopper stating simply, “love it.”
We couldn’t agree more, it’s sleek and lightweight. The angled rib design creates a slimming shape that looks great tucked or untucked with jeans or pants. And there’s more! The button details at the cuffs are the perfect finishing touch.
This boots were made for walking through fall scenery in style. The buckle and belt at the ankle and the button detail at the top are classic military design touches in these Suede Military Tall Boots. We like to think they’re also sexy enough to pair with our Jeanie denim leggings, but will also be the perfect match for those days you wear tights and a dress.